ICT Tools for Learning, Teaching, and Support: WINNERS
Gold Award Winner
MyLibrary: Tekkatho Foundation
Silver Award Winner
YoTeach!: Department of Applied Mathematics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Bronze Award Winner
Broadening horizons and nurturing social emotional skills for autistic children
Lyfta is a tablet-based platform that allows users to immerse themselves in various educational stories, and has been used increasingly by SEND practitioners to assist the learning of children on the autistic spectrum. Children on the autism spectrum can exhibit a wide range of behaviours, including difficulty relating to others and understanding unwritten rules; difficulty in communicating (some may communicate in a non-verbal way); and difficulty with thinking flexibly, such as struggling to cope when plans change. Having worked in numerous special education schools and with children’s disability charities, the Lyfta team is passionate about helping teachers provide an inspiring and exciting way to engage and teach autistic children the curriculum and many important skills and values.
The eTekkatho MyLibrary project makes world-class educational resources available in low-resourced communities without easy access to the internet in Myanmar. MyLibrary is a self-contained digital library which works offline without the need for a phone signal or internet connection. This means MyLibrary can be set up anywhere, providing instant access to the best in open educational resources alongside content in local languages for school children, university students and life-long learners. MyLibrary is set up in rural schools, regional universities, youth centres, local libraries and refugee camps, creating new educational opportunities for thousands of young people living in hard-to-reach places.
Have you ever asked “do you have any questions or comments” to your students in class? Do you just hear silence and crickets in the background 95% of the time after you ask this question? More precisely, have you ever had trouble engaging your students in a simple “question and answer” active teaching method? If the answer is yes, then YoTeach! is here to help. YoTeach! is an educational backchannel chatroom app that enhances engagement and discussions in class with text, drawing, picture uploading, annotating and machine learning hand-writing math/symbol recognition functionality.